Large antique ceramic Boch Freres floor, 31.5m2+, early 20th century
A restored and impressive French Boch Freres, Maubeuge ceramic reclaimed from a café renovation in Ceyzeriat, Drom and dating from the late 19th, early 20th century. The reverses of the tiles are stamped BOCH FRERES MAUBEUGE.
The floor comes with its original borders and we have included in the gallery a scan from the period Boch Freres catalogue showing the tiles.
The palette is cool and the tessellation of the tile easy on the eye. The ceramic is in superb condition, as one would expect of a heritage ceramic house; slip colours are consistent, there are small groutable chips on just a very small number of the tiles, which are 17mm thick and weigh over a kilo each. Handmade in small batches and originally fired to over 1,100 degrees these 14.7cm square field and borders can be laid inside or outside of the home and will also work efficiently with underfloor heating systems.
The original lay of the floor included a Boch Freres, 14.7cm sq plain grey tolerance tile, used where the tiles rendezvous to the wall, and we include these as optional to the purchase of the floor. The grey takes from the palette of the filed tiles.
A stunning and rare floor that would be a conversation piece in any home.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
FIELD – 1,240 – 26.3m2 / 283 sq ft.
SMALL BORDER – 280 tiles – 3m2/32.3 sq ft or 41.2 linear metres / 135 linear ft.
WHITE BORDER tiles – 105 – 2.23m2 / 24 sq. ft
GREY tolerance tiles – 60 – 1.3m2 / 14 sq. ft